09 Jan 2013

Finalists decided in Adelaide

Match Report

Gordon Reid (GBR) and Martin Legner (AUT) in doubles action

Australia’s Adam Kellerman brought his career head-to-head record against Austria’s Martin Legner level at two wins apiece on Wednesday when he defeated second Legner in straight sets to reach the men’s singles final at the Be Active Adelaide Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Wednesday’s third day of play in Adelaide also saw top seed Gordon Reid of Great Britain win through to the men’s final against Kellerman, while Reid partnered Legner to win the men’s doubles title and Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Korea Republic’s Ju-Yeon Park set up a decider in the women’s singles.

After losing out in two close sets to world No. 16 Legner in the semifinals of last week’s Queensland Open, Kellerman had much the better of the early exchanges at this week’s ITF 2 Series tournament in Adelaide and eased to the first set.

The vastly experienced Legner put up more resistance in the second set, but Kellerman held on to win 61 64 and avenge his Queensland loss.

“I’m very happy with how I played (today),” said Kellerman, who will now meet Reid after the Briton reached Thursday’s final without dropping a game.

After his first round bye, world No. 9 Reid has won 24 games without reply in his first two matches of 2013, beating Austria’s Thomas Mossier 60 60 in his semifinal. Reid will now play Kellerman for the third time in Adelaide since 2010. Reid beat his Australian opponent in the quarterfinals in both 2010 and 2012 and has won all four of the previous matches between the two players.

In the women’s singles, Germany’s world No. 3 Sabine Ellerbrock kept herself on track for possible back-to-back titles, despite dropping her first game of the tournament.

After two 60 60 wins over Australian opponents, last week Queensland Open winner beat Australia’s Luba Josevski 61 60, while Park beat Australia’s Sarah Calati 62 60 to set up the decider.

The first title of the week was decided in the men’s doubles as top seeds Legner and Reid won two matches on the penultimate day of competition to lift the title  Legner and Reid beat South Africa’s Leon Els and Eliphas Maripa 63 61 in the semifinals before defeating Australia’s Henry de Cure and Jerry Markoja 60 60 in the final.